Legends Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson will tee it up in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA in June.
The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, will return to Greater Seattle this summer. The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will bring the legends of the LPGA Tour back to the Seattle area June 8-10, at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. Washington was a regular stop for the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf from 1982-1999, when it hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.
The Legends event will give past Safeco champions another chance to win in the Evergreen State.
“I have followed the players now active on The Legends Tour for many years and remember when they were here for the Safeco Classic,” said former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.
Current Legends Tour members who are past Safeco Classic champions include three-time winner Patty Sheehan (1982, ’90, ’95), Juli Inkster (1983, ’88), Brandie Burton (1993), Pat Bradley (1991), Jan Stephenson (1987), Judy Dickinson (1986) and Washington native JoAnne Carner (1985).
“These players were trailblazers for women everywhere in their sport then, and they remain an inspiration now,” added Gregoire. “I am excited to play in the pro-am and welcome these terrific Legends back to the Seattle area.”
The two-day tournament will feature a one-day pro-am and a field of 30 professional players competing for a $175,000 purse. The inaugural event will feature LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members, including Pat Bradley, and Legends Hall of Fame members Jan Stephenson and Jane Blalock.
A women’s amateur team competition will kick off tournament week on Wednesday, June 6, awarding winners of low-net and low-gross events with entry into the Legends Tour’s pro-am tournament, set for Friday, June. 8.
Acquired by the Suquamish Tribe in 2010, White Horse Golf Club sits between the scenic Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Easily reached by ferry from the Seattle Metro area, White Horse will play host to its first professional tournament when the Legends arrive in June.
“We are thrilled to have history’s best play at White Horse,” said Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises-Clearwater Resort Casino, located 15 minutes from the course in a property that includes 186 hotel rooms, a full-service spa, six restaurants and waterfront views.
“The course is as beautiful as it is challenging and we are confident the LPGA’s Legends, as well as the fans coming out to watch, will truly enjoy walking the fairways and experiencing the course through this inaugural competitive tournament,” added Carper. “We hope to make it a legendary tradition.”
The Legends Tour’s 2018 Seattle event will likely draw top names as it offers professional competition for Legends players one month prior to the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The United States Golf Association championship, set for July 12-15, at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., will give women in this age division a chance to again contend for a national championship.
Here is the 2018 tournament schedule for members of The Legends Tour:
March 25, 2018 – Legends at ANA Inspiration, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
June 8-10, 2018 – Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, White Horse Golf Club, Kingston, Wash.
July 12-15, 2018 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.
August 6, 2018 – Wendy’s Charity Classic Pro-Am, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mich.
September 6, 2018 – BJ’s Charity Pro-Am, Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, Mass.
September 7, 2018 – BJ’s Charity Championship, The Ridge Club, Sandwich, Mass.
September 8-9 – Legends on Grey Lady at Miacomet, Miacomet Golf Club, Nantucket, Mass.
October 15-17, 2018 – Senior LPGA Championship, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.